Enteral nutrition

Routes include naso-gastric, naso-duodenal/jejunal, gastrostomy and jejunostomy. Nasal tube feeding should be via a soft, fine-bore tube to aid patient comfort and avoid ulceration of the nose or oesophagus. Prolonged enteral feeding may be accomplished via a percutaneous/peroperative gastrostomy or peroperative jejunostomy. Enteral feeding provides a more complete diet than parenteral nutrition, maintains structural integrity of the gut, improves bowel adaptation after resection and reduces infection risk.

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